I, too, just discovered VT from a friend's recommendation. Caught her live performance today in LA - WOW. I believe that she sounds better live than on her CD. And she has a great sense of humor. BTW she used to be an engineer for Cisco and what a inspiration to all of us who are techie grunts.
The postings so far have some awesome recommendations. Some of the artists I'm familiar with and others I would definitely want to check out - thanks.
Here are my 2 cents - (actually 3)
Aimee Mann - VT's song writing reminds me of Aimee, who is also a classical-trained musician. Aimee's recent work has been amazing (just ignore her 80's phase with Til' Tuesday)
Jill Sobule - Another signer that I enjoy but is not too well known. Yes, Jill is the signer with that catchy lesbian song "Kiss A Girl" - but if you can look past just that song, you'll find some amazing gems - (a bit whimpsical but always strong writings). Try "Too Cool to Fall in Love" - produced by Todd Rundgren
Bebel Gilberto - She belongs to an entirely different genre, Bosa Nova/contemporary Latin pop. But she has an amazing voice and her songs are, well, happy - hey, a little joy & love can go a long way
thanks for reading